The next CSEE meeting will be held in Guelph, Ontario on July 22-26 2018. The CSEE 2018 Meeting twitter account (https://twitter.com/csee2018) and website (http://www.csee2018.ca/) have been launched.
IPBES aims to finalize five assessments at the sixth session of the IPBES Plenary, in March 2018: four regional assessments of biodiversity and ecosystem services (for Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe and Central Asia) and the thematic assessment on land degradation and restoration.
One of the most important phases in drafting assessments is the period in which they are opened for external review by any interested experts, ranging from scientists and decision-makers, to practitioners and the holders of indigenous and local knowledge.
Participation and engagement of Governments in the external review period is especially vital to strengthen the credibility, legitimacy and policy relevance of the assessments, as well as to deepen their ownership of the assessments.
The eight-week period for external review of the second order drafts of the assessment chapters and the first order drafts of the summaries for policymakers will run from 1 May until 26 June 2017 for the land degradation and restoration, Africa, Asia-Pacific and Europe and Central Asia assessments; and from 29 May until 24 July 2017 for the Americas assessment.
Experts wishing to participate will first need to register as users of the IPBES website (http://www.ipbes.net/user/register?destination=sod-review) if they have not already done so. They can then apply to become an IPBES external reviewer for individual chapters per assessment at www.ipbes.net/sod-review (this will only work when logged in first as IPBES website users). They will receive confidential access to the draft chapters and summaries for policymakers and will be requested to submit their comments in English using a template that will also be supplied. All relevant comments will then be addressed by the assessment authors in the next round of revisions.
We have recorded a 20-minute webinar focusing on how Governments especially can participate in this external review. The webinar can be accessed on the IPBES website and at: https://youtu.be/tnx8nxDId08 The secretariat is also producing ‘print-ready’ A-5 size flyers in all six UN official languages, which will soon be shared with you electronically to help your efforts to advertise the external review process.
Thank you in advance for your support in helping us to ensure the widest possible range of expert participation in the external review process – the more relevant comments we receive, the better the assessments will all be.
Anne Larigauderie | Executive Secretary
Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
The Summer School is part of the COTE Cluster of Excellence training programme and gathers PhD students in environmental sciences, each specialised in disciplines such as ecology, chemistry, biology or even sociology. Through talks, field trips and round tables with international experts on integrative ecology, the programme will provide a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach on the definition, detection and role of weak signals and emerging issues in the ecological transition.
Theme & programme:
Climate-induced ecological changes as well as changes in consumption patterns have led to emerging issues. These often manifest before full development as weak signals, which can reveal important trends within ecosystems. However, it is often difficult to distinguish them statistically from ambient noise, or from random fluctuations of well-known signals. The COTE Summer School will show that scientists have more and more tools to monitor the planet. Its programme will cover several aspects of weak signals and emerging issues with presentations on new detectable substances in the environment, environmental reporting, ecological governance and political change for transition, weak signals and measurement techniques in marine, vineyard, forest and river ecosystems, and even on a paradigm shift related to the role of cloud microorganisms in atmospheric processes.
Conference speakers (non-exhaustive list):
Ivan Ascher, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
Jelle Behagel, Wageningen University, the Netherlands
Gabrielle Bouleau, Irstea Bordeaux, France
Hélène Budzinski, CNRS Bordeaux, France
Laure Carassou, University of Bordeaux, France
Anne-Marie Delort, Institute of Chemistry of Clermont-Ferrand, France
Iñaki Garcia de Cortazar-Atauri INRA Avignon, France
Pieter Leroy, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands
Marcus Lindner, European Forest Institute, Finland
Participants, fees & how to apply:
The course is free of charge and includes accommodation and meals. Travel expenses must be covered by the participants. Mobility grants are available on demand (for details see application form). The course is in English and candidates must be PhD students.
To apply, please fill in the application form, upload a short CV, a cover letter and a letter of support from your supervisor in the online application form (http://cotesummerschool.u-bordeaux.fr/en/). If you also apply for a mobility grant, please add a letter justifying your request. All documents have to be merged into a single PDF file. Application deadline is 23 April 2017.
For any questions, please contact the COTE managers at firstname.lastname@example.org
4th ANdinA international workshop
Species range extensions and local adaptation: challenging ecological and evolutionary ideas and assumptions
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina, 29 January-2 February 2018
ANdinA holds its unique dialogue-style workshops in wonderful locations around the world every two years. We bring together 30-40 researchers from a diverse range of disciplines to debate challenges, deconstruct contentious issues, develop new ideas and expand future horizons in topics related to ecology, evolution and management. We then publish the results of our deliberations and ideally walk away with the beginnings of new collaborations. This time we will be in the mountains of Patagonia discussing two distinct but inter-dependent topics: species range extensions and local adaptation. The meeting should therefore appeal to researchers interested in contexts such as responses to climate and other environmental change, species invasions, weed/pest management, conservation and adaptation to global change.
The cost for everything (except travel to Patagonia and alcoholic beverages) is just US$1000. One third of places are reserved for Early-Career Researchers (who pay only US$400). Everyone will have the opportunity to co-author at least one paper to be submitted to an international journal.
We are seeking expressions of interest from enthusiastic people who are prepared to actively involve themselves in relaxed, free-flowing dialogue. Come to challenge and to be challenged in a supportive, egalitarian environment. Contributions will be valued from any relevant area of research: molecular evolution to mathematical ecology, biophysical to social sciences, pure to applied, specialists to generalists.
For those seeking inspiring interactions with inspiring people in truly inspiring surroundings, please visit our web site for further information, including how to apply:
and/or contact Roger Cousens at The University of Melbourne (email@example.com)
The IPBES (Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) secretariat has announced a period for external review of:
- Drafts of the thematic assessment report on land degradation and restoration
- Drafts of the four regional assessments (Africa, Asia-Pacific, Americas, and Europe and Central Asia) on biodiversity and ecosystem services,
- First order drafts of their Summaries for Policymakers.
The Canadian Institute for Ecology and Evolution (CIEE/ICEE; http://ciee-icee.com/) seeks candidates for the position of Director. Since its inception, CIEE/ICEE has brought together scientists and their diverse partners (industrial, government, non-governmental) to identify and attack important integrative problems in ecology and evolution through synthesis working groups. Recent working groups have addressed critical topics including: optimal design of Canadian protected areas in a changing climate; effects of human disturbance on the structure and function of coastal eelgrass communities, and; evolution of microbial metabolic and genomic diversity at multiple scales. The Institute also sponsors training workshops in conjunction with the Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution (CSEE/SCEE; http://csee-scee.ca). CIEE/ICEE is seeking a new Director to build on our history of successful synthetic activities and to provide leadership and strategic direction as CIEE/ICEE continues to grow and mature. The Director is appointed by CIEE/ICEE’s Management Board (3-year, renewable term) and receives a $5,000 yearly allowance. Normally, CIEE/ICEE would relocate to the Director’s home Institution, although the Board is open to exploring other potential models with interested parties (e.g., a distributed Institute where activities are hosted both at and beyond a physical centre). The Director is expected to develop the Institute infrastructure, staff complement, and avenues of fiscal support from the host institution, partnering organizations, and federal funding programs, as appropriate. In the current model, for example, funds were secured by the Director, for an Associate Director to oversee the many day-to day activities of the CIEE/ICEE including assisting with outreach, budgeting, fundraising, and arranging practical aspects of the Institute’s programs such as travel and local housing.
Responsibilities of the Director include:
- Institute Development: The Director proposes and develops new and innovative programs and partnerships that advance the CIEE/ICEE mission. This includes the recruitment and retention of member institutions.
- Programs: The Director issues calls for proposals for CIEE/ICEE programs and, with advice from the Scientific Advisory Group, selects proposals for funding.
- Communications and Outreach: The Director communicates information on CIEE/ICEE programs and accomplishments to relevant administrative officers at member institutions and to a broad community of potential users.
- Fundraising: The Director seeks financial support from governmental granting programs, universities, private donors, and other sources. The Management Board assists with this responsibility.
- Budget: The Director proposes a budget for approval by the Management Board.
The Directorship of CIEE/ICEE is an exciting and unparalleled opportunity to influence the direction of ecological and evolutionary research through the promotion of new syntheses for the benefit of Canadians. To learn more about this opportunity, contact the Chair of the Management Board (Mark Forbes, Dept. Biology, 206 Nesbitt Bldg,, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON, K1S 5B6). Applications for the directorship will be accepted immediately until the position is filled. Send a letter of interest and a CV to Mark Forbes: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CSEE Early Career Awards recognize outstanding accomplishments and promising future research potential in ecology and evolution by scientists early in their careers. We are delighted to announce that the recipients for the 2017 awards are Dr. Emily Darling, from the University of Toronto and the Wildlife Conservation Society, and Dr. Sean Anderson, from the University of Washington. We look forward to hearing their plenary talks at the CSEE meeting in Victoria.
Congratulations to both recipients, and hats off to all candidates for the very high calibre of their submissions.
Dr Emily Darling
Emily is a community ecologist and conservation biologist who is motivated to understand how human activities are altering coastal and marine ecosystems. Her research focuses on three interrelated themes: quantifying interactions between multiple stressors and the prevalence of ecological synergies, coral life histories and trajectories of community change on coral reefs, and managing marine ecosystems for resilience to climate change. Her work integrates multiple approaches, ranging from literature reviews, meta-analyses, and statistical analyses of long-term monitoring data, to quantitative field experiments and socio-economic surveys to understand the complex ecological dynamics of coastal systems.
Sean is a quantitative population biologist who links theory with data through statistical and simulation models to improve predictions about ecological systems and inform management and policy decisions. In particular, he is interested in how we can estimate population status with limited data and in the role of variance, risk, and extreme events in population dynamics. Because these problems are complex, a large part of his research involves method and software development and is often highly collaborative. His work spans across taxa (e.g. birds, moths, grizzly bears, sea cucumbers, salmon), ecosystems (marine, freshwater, terrestrial), methods (empirical, simulation, theoretical), spatial scale (regional, national, global), and time periods (modern, historical, paleontological).
CSEE is proud to have supported engagement with IPBES, the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, assisting Dr. Peter Kevan as a lead author on the IPBES’ recent report: Assessment on Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production. This report makes critical use of science to which CSEE researchers have contributed, bringing our research contributions into the global policy arena. The full report and the Summary for Policy Makers can be found here.
Financial Grants for Travel Costs
The Centre for Species Discovery and Change at the museum awards annual travel grants for research in plant, animal, mineral and fossil systematics.
The main objective of the Canadian Museum of Nature Visiting Scientist Awards is to assist collection-based systematics studies by
- facilitating and supporting access to the collections of the Canadian Museum of Nature
- providing external expertise enhancing the state of curation of the museum’s collections.
Enhanced curation could include
- designation of types
- updated taxonomy
- specimen-level data-basing
- specimen sorting and identification, particularly in taxa for which the museum lacks in-house expertise, etc.
See http://nature.ca/en/research-collections/research-projects/centre-species-discovery-change/travel-grants for information on how to apply.
February 11 was the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution marked the day with a series of tweets highlighting the breadth and excellence of research in ecology, evolution and conservation undertaken by Canadian women in academia.